Australia has been steadily producing some of the best avant-garde metal to be found anywhere in the world today. With bands such as PORTAL, MISERIST and the now disbanded The Berzerker pushing extreme music into frightening and refreshingly original directions.
Hailing from the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, NORSE, who are already 12 years into a career that has spawned two EPs and 2 full lengths, are set to unleash album number three in the form of “The Divine Light of a New Sun” on May 25th
With jagged riffs, frantic yet precise blast beats, anomalous song structures and a terrifyingly ominous atmosphere — “The Divine Light of a New Sun” is violent, uncompromising and almost impossible to categorize. Yes, its foundation is rooted in Black Metal. Yes, there is clearly Death Metal inspired moments, but is also experimental and innovative. Tracks like “Exitus” and “Synapses Spun As Silk” are measured and rhythmic, while “The Divine Light Of A New Sun”, “Sandarkan” and lead single “Cyclic” are swathed in dissonance and bring to mind images of insanity and decay.
Both production and musicianship are impeccable throughout. With moments of rabid aggression and even some very catchy melodies sounding crisp and clear, making “The Divine Light of a New Sun” a painfully enjoyable ,and above all, thoroughly memorable experience.
When asked recently by Bruder Des Lichts how he would describe the band to someone who has never heard their music before, founding member FORGE had this to say:
“Don’t even bother listening to it unless you like the sound of large machines falling into a pit of lava.”
With “The Divine Light of a New Sun” — NORSE have created a sound that is entirely their own — but that sound is sure to appeal to fans of Miserist, The Axis of Perdition and Deathspell Omega.
———–By: Shane Bermingham———-
Forge: Drums, Guitars
ADR: Lyrics, Vocals
K Southcott: Bass
PJ: Live Guitars
Marcus: Live Guitars
“The Divine Light of a New Sun”
Release date: May 25, 2017
Genre: Dissonant Black Metal